9780394474519 / 0394474511

The Savage God: A Study of Suicide


Publisher:Random House Inc (T)



Prices INCLUDE standard shipping to United States
Show prices without shipping
Change shipping destination/currency
Shipping prices may be approximate. Please verify cost before checkout.

About the book:

"To write a beautiful book about suicide . . . to transform the subject into something beautifulthis is the forbidding task that A. Alvarez set for himself. . . . He has succeeded."New York Times

"Suicide," writes the notes English poet and critic A. Alvarez, "has permeated Western culture like a dye that cannot be washed out." Although the aims of this compelling, compassionate work are broadly cultural and literary, the narrative is rooted in personal experience: it begins with a long memoir of Sylvia Plath, and ends with an account of the author's own suicide attempt. Within this dramatic framework, Alvarez launches his enquiry into the final taboo of human behavior, and traces changing attitudes towards suicide from the perspective of literature. He follows the black thread leading from Dante through Donne and the romantic agony, to the Savage God at the heart of modern literature.

Search under way...

Search complete.

Click on the price to find out more about a book.

New books: 1 - 21 of 21


Used books: 1 - 25 of 173